Facile synthesis of polyaniline nanotubes using reactive oxide templates for high energy density pseudocapacitors

Wei Chen, Rakhi Raghavan Baby, Husam N. Alshareef

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A remarkable energy density of 84 W h kg(cell) -1 and a power density of 182 kW kg(cell) -1 have been achieved for full-cell pseudocapacitors using conducting polymer nanotubes (polyaniline) as electrode materials and ionic liquid as electrolytes. The polyaniline nanotubes were synthesized by a one-step in situ chemical polymerization process utilizing MnO2 nanotubes as sacrificial templates. The polyaniline-nanotube pseudocapacitors exhibit much better electrochemical performance than the polyaniline-nanofiber pseudocapacitors in both acidic aqueous and ionic liquid electrolytes. Importantly, the incorporation of ionic liquid with polyaniline-nanotubes has drastically improved the energy storage capacity of the PAni-nanotube pseudocapacitors by a factor of ∼5 times compared to that of the PAni-nanotube pseudocapacitors in the acidic aqueous electrolyte. Furthermore, even after 10000 cycles, the PAni-nanotube pseudocapacitors in the ionic liquid electrolyte maintain sufficient high energy density and can light LEDs for several minutes, with only 30 s quick charge. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3315
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The authors would like to thank Mr Qingxiao Wang, Dr Lan Zhao and Dr Yang Yang from KAUST Imaging and Characterization Core Facility for their help with HRTEM, Raman, and FTIR characterization, and Dr Hua Tan from the Analytical Chemistry Core Laboratory for his help with BET analysis. W. C. acknowledges support from the KAUST Graduate Fellowship. R. B. Rakhi acknowledges support from SABIC Postdoctoral Fellowship. H. A. acknowledges the support from KAUST baseline fund.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Materials Science
  • General Chemistry


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